I am becoming convinced that Julius Charles Alford (b. 1805) was indeed the father of Thomas Lafayette Alford.Alot of stuff fits.John Gay, Elizabeth Gay's father, did indeed live in Dupree's District in Talbot County, GA. at the same time that Job Alford and his son's William H., John Turner (my 3gr grandfather), and Julius Charles did.In fact he lived nearby.Julius Charles was inded married with no children in 1830 in Talbot County.He was the only Alford of marrying age in Talbot County, who I cannot name the wife of.John Turner married Elizabeth Moore, William H. married Elizabeth Stillwell, Clinton (who still lived in Jones County), married Martha Slaughter.Brothers Henry Miles Alford and William Henry Alford were still young teenagers.In other words, Julius Charles was the only Alford Elizabeth Gay could have married in Talbot County.If you push the envelope a bit further, there were no known Alfords in nearby Upson or Harris County, whose marriages are not accounted for.We indeed did lose Julius Charles after the 1840 census in Talbot County.The fact that his proposed wife, Elizabeth Gay, died in 1847 could explain why he may have left the area before 1850.Look at some other issues at this time.Job, his widowed father, was 87 years old in 1850, living in Harris County with his daughter Elizabeth.Brothers John Turner, William Henry, and Henry Miles had already left for South Alabama and Florida.He appeared to have followed suit; just wish I could find him somewhere in South Alabama in 1850.I did find an unexplained family in Coffee County, Alabama in 1850 (where brothers,John Turner and Henry Miles settled).It was a Mary Alford and 4 minor children, ages 3-10.I have never been able to place this family.I wonder if it could be the minor children that William Perhealth said Julius Alford took to South Alabama. I can't explain who the 38 yr old Mary is, unless Julius remarried a younger woman between 1847 and 1850.Then you have to assume Julius either died before 1850, or abandoned his family.
Other connecting factors include the fact that Julius Charles Alford was a Justice of the Peace in Upson and Talbot Counties.Thomas L. Alford was the same in Clay County, Alabama.This appears to be an instance of following in the father's footsteps.Thomas and Columbus's ages also fit into the age scheme of Julius's male children in 1840 census.
I assume William has some evidence (bible records, word of mouth, family legend, etc.) to connect.This discovery has really got me excited.This leaves only one brother, Clinton, after 1840 as unaccounted for.